The Internet is a bastion of folk culture. Insider slang, chain emails, and trendy videos fill inboxes and news feeds, circulating from user to user. In this rather dynamic, fast-paced environment, memes emerge as the new form of political satire; a piece of culture, typically a joke, which gains influence through online transmission. However, contrary to what happened to political cartoons in the past, memes might bring the danger of minimising the importance of very sensitive issues. In my last article for PETRIe, I explore millennial satire and whether this kind of digital critique can trigger social change or, on the contrary, increase political skepticism.
CrossFit has seemed to spark one of the biggest fitness trends of the twenty-first century. Its popularity has surpassed the growth of other well-known fitness franchises such as body-pump or spinning. One of the most striking things about this sport is the rather supportive and inclusive community that has grown around it. This “tribe” aims at breaking the old fitness rule of training ‘together alone’. In a more extreme manner, both followers and detractors see CrossFit as a cult. This comfirms the view of human beings as social animals, and highlights our need to feel part of something bigger than us. If you want to know more about the emotion dynamics that are forged within sports such as CrossFit, I invite you to read my most recent article for PETRIe here.